subsist'ence farm"ing

1. farming whose products are intended to provide for the basic needs of the farmer, with little surplus for marketing.
2. farming that brings little or no profit to the farmer, allowing only for a marginal livelihood. Also,subsist'ence ag"riculture.

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subsistence allowancesubsistent
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